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Accessory specialist Belkin is gearing up for the SuperSpeed USB revolution with a pair of products that will add the new 5Gb/s bus to your computer. Desktop owners will be able to use the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCIe Add-in Card, which is exactly what Belkin says it is. The card occupies any PCI Express slot and has a pair if USB 3. …

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I'd like one that plugs into my USB por... oh.

Houston, we have a netbook. :-)

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Extra power?

What are the molex and AC adapter ports for? Will USB3 ports be able to provide more power to devices than USB2?

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Anonymous Coward

nice

buy just the one and chuck a couple of hubs on either port

sorted :)

but yes i will still be to cheap to buy one ...

give it another 3 years and ill get one onboard a new mobo ....

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Unhappy

I bet

they will be priced at £80 in the UK.

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FAIL

What's the point?

Super speed USB... what's the point when the choke point of any data transfer is the hard drive itself. USB2 speeds would rarely ever get above 20mb/s when using read/write to my external HD... regardless of IDE or SATA drive. Even internally SATAII drives don't get about the 80-90mb/s mark (standard drives not the 10k/rpm raptor types).

Unless devices are going to be using SSD drives over a 6gb/s ... then it's a pointless exercise in my opinion... Because the majority of devices offered as USB will still be crippled by slow hard drives.

For storage devices.. it's a waste of time trying to fool people with hype about it being so much faster... it will be only if the internal workings of the devices using the bus are capable of keeping up.

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OK who's first

for a spot of Belkin bashing?

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IT Angle

ExpressCard speed limit?

Hi :)

I remember back in the PCMCIA card days that some 100Mbps ethernet cards could not really go much faster than 10Mbps due to limitations of the PCMCIA architecture at the time.

Is there a similar limiting factor with ExpressCard?

Cheers, Mike.

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Coat

£52?

I can buy a budget motherboard for that! Try closer to £25 and I might be interested. Hopefully the Hong Kong Ebay knockoffs will start rolling sooner rather than later.

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Welcome

Sweet injustice

Probably be £80 here then, seems to be the trend...I'll still buy one though

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How much juice...

So how much juice do these use/how much can they supply over the USB port that the card has a auxillary power connector on it?

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Slip Slot

"Any PCI-E slot", got any left?

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Grenade

Sloooooow

Too bad they are only 30% as fast as USB 3.0 is supposed to be. According to Belkin their tests showed they top out around 1,500Mbps and not the 5,000Mbps that USB 3.0 is promising.

Also, $50 USD for a single USB cable?

Hopefully there is something better on the horizon instead of this dud of a technology. Any updates on Intel's Light Peak Technology?

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Anonymous Coward

They should put two more on internal ports so you can convert all your USB sockets to 3.0...

Sounds like they were thinking unless that white connector is internal port

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